Essence Whoom Boooom-inspired nail design

I’m back! I’ve been gone for nearly a month now due to exams, but they are over and I’m ready to play with nailpolish again 🙂

Firsly, the Essence Whoom Boooom-inspired look I’d promised ages ago. This was obviously inspired by the retro comicbook-style packaging of the Whoom Boom limited edition collection that came out in February… I know that was ages ago but you can still pick up a few items from there if you’re in the Netherlands, because the limited edition collections always come here late for some reason.

Anyway… I got only one nailpolish plus the nail stickers from that collection, so I tried to select colors similar to the ones in the collection for this design. Here are the items I used:

A base and top coat; dark blue, white, coral red, and lime green nail polishes; a white tip painter (for corrections); a small dotting tool, Essence Whoom Boooom stickers, angled french tip stickers, and clear adhesive tape.

Begin with applying a protective base coat over your bare nails, followed by several layers of the dark blue. Then, apply slanted strips of clear adhesive tape, to create a diagonal line on each of your nails. (Stick the tape on the back of your hand several times first, to remove the excess glue.) Then, paint the top half of the nail white.

Don’t worry if it’s a bit messy around your cuticles, you can always clean that up with a cotton swab and a bit of nailpolish remover later.

Wait until the nailpolish is nearly dry, then carefully peel off the tape.

Next, take the angled french nail tip guides (available at most drugstores or nail art counters), and position them on the white area, as in the picture (again, remove the excess glue first).

Apply the lime green to the tips on the nails.

When the green coat is nearly dry, carefully remove the guide stickers. Fix up any imperfections with the white nail tip painter.

Using the dotting tool, create little coral red dots along the edge where the white meets the green.

And now for the fun part! Using a pair of tweasers, carefully pick up one of the nail stickers and place it on the dark blue area of the nail. The set contains pleanty of colorful fun stickers with lips, dollar signs, exclamation points, speech bubbles, etc. And all the stickers smell of peppermint! Small impractical detail, but a really nice touch in my opinion.

Finally, apply a generous top coat to seal the stickers and bring all of the layers into a single design. Have fun wearing it! XOXO

Guest post: Easy Spring flower design

The lovely Emma invited me to do a guest post for her blog, which I was happy to do! Emma’s blog is full of reviews, hauls, fashion and beauty tips, etc., and Emma is a really sweet girl with a young, feminine sense of style so make sure to check out her blog 🙂

This design is very easy to do without special tools–all you need is 3 of your favorite colors and a toothpick!

If you want to learn to create it, click here for the step-by-step instructions! XOXO

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat nail art tutorial 2!

Hi peeps! Since according to this post, you all absolutely loved these two tutorials, I made a new Cat in the Hat* nail art design!

This one was inspired by this picture of the Cat with a blue background:

Here are the items I used:

– base coat by OPI, top coat by Seche vite

– sky blue polish (Denim Dreams by H&M)

– red polish (036 by Inglot)

– opaque white polish (by Seventeen)

– red, white, and black nail art stripers

– a medium and a very small dotting tool or toothpick

Once your base coat has dried, apply the sky blue color to your nails.

Next, create quite a thick french tip on all fingers but your ring finger:

Next, with the red nail art striper, create two thin red stripes over the white tip: one at the base of the strip, the second one in the middle. This will represen the cat’s hat 🙂

Get your red and white nailpolishes, along with your dotting tools and a scrap sheet of paper, ready.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on the scrap sheet of paper, and with the medium dotting tool, roughtly create the outline of the Cat in the Hat on your ring finger.

Next, dab a bit of the red polish onto the paper and with the smaller dotting tool, create the red hat stripes and the bow.

Finally, with the black nailpolish and the smallest dotting tool you have, fill in the black parts of the cat’s body and draw his facial features.

Since you applied so many layers of nailpolish, wait a long while (I would recommend an hour) until your design is completely dry before applying your top coat.

You’re done! Have fun with your nail design XXOX

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the cat in the hat image posted above; I borrowed it to use for inspiration 😉

Catrice Urban Baroque-inspired nail design

This nail design was inspired by the Catrice Urban Baroque limited edition collection. It aims to combine Baroque elegance with a dirty, vintage feel.

Here are the items I used to create it:

– base coat by OPI

– a pale pink nail varnish (C02 Rock Baroque from the Urban Baroque LE collection by Catrice)

– a black nail varnish and tip painter (both from the Essence I Love Berlin LE collection)

– a matte top coat (by Essence)

– a medium and a small dotting tool.

Begin by applying a base coat. Once that is dry, apply several layers of the pale pink until the color is opaque.

With the black tip painter, create a french tip on your pinky, middle and index fingers.

Next, dab a bit of the black nailpolish on a scrap sheet of paper and create the baroque-inspired vase shape on your ring finger and thumb. To show you how I created the design, here is a step-by-step closeup on a sheet of paper:

1. With the medium dotting tool create five dots in a triangle-shape, closer to the tip of your nail.

2. With the small dotting tool or a toothpick, drag the nailpolish from the dots downwards to a point below the center of the triangle. From the top dot, drag an additional line upwards.

3. With the medium dotting tool, create a large wide “dot” just below the point where the dot-lines meet.

4. Drag two C-shaped curls from the dot, downwards. Create two short lines under the wide C-shape.

5. Add a few small dots around the vase design.

While the designs on your ring fingers and thumbs are drying, add three small black dots at the base of each of the french tip nails.

Wait at least 40 minutes until all of the layers have completely dried. Then apply a matte top coat to your nails. This will give the design that dirty vintage feel.

If you’re not satisfied with the “matte-ness” of the top coat, you can always add an extra layer to enhance the effect. Once that is dry, you’re done! Enjoy 😉 XO

Beige black french tip

This is a very simple and understated design, great for the office or conferences. The black french tip is a classic but a bit boring, so I spiced it up a bit. Enjoy 😉

Begin with ya neutral base color (I’m using 150 by My MNY, a milk chocolate-beige color)

 

With a black nail art striper (I’m using Essence), create a French tip on your nails.

Next, prepare a small dotting tool, a scrap sheet of paper, and a simple black nailpolish.

Dab a bit of the black polish onto the scrap sheet of paper, then using the dotting tool, create a line of small dots just under the french tip.

Now just add a top coat and you’re done! XO

Experiment: Essence Lace nail art stickers (Valentine’s Day Nails!)

For the nail design I had on for Valentine’s day, I tried out Essence lace nail art stickers. You can get these at Essence nail art counters, but if Essence isn’t available where you live, other companies make them too. Check for them at your local beauty supply or online.

In order to make the design stand out more, I painted my nails with a matt white color (by Elf)

The Essence lace sticker pack looks like this:

There are five different lace designs, two rows of each. One row, if cut properly, is just enough to cover the width of five fingernails.

The first thing you need to do is measure off a length approximately equal to the width of your nail. Mark the line mentally or with a thin black marker, then cut it off with some nail scissors.

The sticker itself is quite fragile and has the consistency of a dried strip of transparent glue. I used a pair of tweasers to carefully peel it off the film and position it on my nail.

Repeat with the rest of the nails. Like I mentioned earlier, both strips are barely enough to cover the width of all of your nails, so do keep that in mind when you are cutting them.

As you can see, the stickers didn’t cover all of my nails perfectly; the line was simply a bit too short. Additionally, you have to use a top coat with these stickers in order to prevent them from peeling off.

On the plus side though, I really liked the velvety texture and flexibility of the stickers, which made them seem more like lace and less like stickers. The adhesive was also pretty good, even after i repositioned several stickers. Also, once the top coat was applied, the lace blended in well with the texture of the nail, and the stickers came off easily with nailpolish remover.

Overall I give them a 7/10, -2 points for the short length of the strips and -1 for the difficulty in sizing/handeling the stickers.

To draw the attention away from the imperfections of the design, I added a few dots and hearts using a small dotting tool. I must say, I quite like the end result 😉

 

Ladies’ Night!

Me and my girls had a ladies’ night in and of course I was able to do everyone’s nails there! Aaaah, nail art heaven: so many clean canvases! 😉 Most of the designs are variations of designs I previously did tutorials on, so I’ll add links if you’re interested in how to make them. The ladies chose the colors/design themes themselves, so I love the way the designs reflect each girl’s individual style.

Melissa’s design: Green emerald. I love doing variations of this design for classy, office-appropriate nails. It’s simple and chic, with a hint of glamour (which totally fits Melissa’s personality! ;))

(I don’t have a tutorial for this yet but I might do one in the future.)

Kirsten’s design is sweet and girly: purple with pink waterlilies.

In fact, the waterlily design was quite popular this evening: three girls chose it, but in different colors.

Alexandra chose neutral, very light colors for the design, making it feminine yet very clean and practical for the office.

Diane chose bright colors for the background and strict black-and-white for the flowers themselves. This gives the design a fun, almost tribal feel.

Alisa chose one of my favorite desings: Blossoming sakura on a blue background. It’s youthful, feminine, fresh, fun.

Last but not least, yours truly went for a flashy-yet-netural gold and silver leopard print design. Cause I’m the wild one! 😉 Animal prints are great for practically any occasion because they are usually done in neutral colors which go with everything, plus you can’t mess them up since the messier they are, the more natural they look!

Ooh almost forgot! I also did my toenails. I think the only thing missing from this design is some pink unicorns 😉

It was a fun night and really fun for me to do all the girls’ nails! Nailpainting is a great opportunity for some female bonding 😉 XOXO

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